Matilda suffers from a rare disease that has given her eyes an otherworldly look.
Nicknamed "The Alien Cat," Matilda is a lovely rescue with strikingly huge, dark eyes. However, the adorable visitor from Planet Litterbox used to look more like an Earth cat.
Matilda was saved as a kitten from an animal hoarder. Soon after moving into a new home, Matilda's adoptive parents noticed their little kitten would squint a lot, seemingly in pain. Then Matilda's right eye started to look different from the left.
Matilda's eye then began to swell and the lens in her right eye began to luxate, or become dislocated inside of Matilda's eye. Numerous vet visits were inconclusive, but owners of Matilda's littermates were noticing the same symptoms. Matilda's owners got her checked, but by that time, her right eye's lens had luxated.
Matilda's owners opted for non-surgical treatment of her swelling, painful eyes but after weighing lots of not-great options. Matilda's disease makes it hard to heal and results for surgery were predicted to be mixed. An owner of one of the affected kittens told Matilda's owners that she regretted the surgical option she had taken to treat her kitten.
Since then, Matilda's left eye followed the right. She now has limited vision and the pain and swelling are managed by medication. At first, Matilda became withdrawn and sad, but with treatment and love, she's come back around. She still needs lots of treatment and care to further manage her condition.
Matilda's owners have set up a GoFundMe campaign to sock away money for Matilda's eventual eye surgery, but a quarter of the proceeds will go to a charity that "protects the rights of animals and helps fund necessary veterinary procedures for those who can't afford them."